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80% of UAE covered by 5G as Etisalat hits 3.1Gbps in trials

9 Dec 2019

The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) says 80% of the country’s populated areas and main cities are now covered by 5G networks. Services were launched by the UAE’s two cellcos – Etisalat and Du – in the middle of this year.

Separately, Etisalat claims to have attained a download throughput of 3.1Gbps in trials of Standalone (SA) 5G technology. The test used 200MHz of spectrum. In October Etisalat completed what it claimed was the first SA 5G call in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.

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